What makes Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer the most powerful man in Central Florida isn’t just his job title (although it is a big part) but his ability to get the members of the Orlando City Council to subscribe to his vision. He dreams it. He plans it. The City Council votes for it. Done. Automatic.
He’s the frontman for this legislative band.
He’s the Mick to their Stones. The Cobain to their Nirvana. The Beyonce to their Destiny’s Child.
This is what makes the article published in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday (story HERE) so interesting. Commissioners are complaining that Dyer’s treating them like a “Rubberstamp” and that their tired of getting information so late during the discussion process and that they’re expected to vote whichever way the Mayor wants them to vote.
What makes this accusations even more notable is that Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan has been the most vocal in this disagreement that could lead to a rift forming between the Mayor and the Council. Sheehan for the most part is a straight shooter and has been arguably Dyer’s “Go-To Commissioner” in the past. Their signs often sat side by side during their dual landslide election wins almost two years ago (that story HERE). If there is some separation between her and the Mayor, it’s News.
The Council has always been a much happier Government environment then their rowdier Cousins a block away at the Orange County Commission, where disagreements between Commissioners and, at times, Mayor Teresa Jacobs are common. But the Commission has hundreds of thousands in Cash Reserves, and a more stable financial foundation. They’ve also pulled out the checkbooks to help the Commission move their projects forward.
Maybe a little conflict on the Orlando City Council might not be such a bad thing after all.